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Recommended by Lonely Planet and CNN as Shanghai's best metro map! Up-to-date with all the metro lines for 2013; Works offline; Routeplanner, GPS, Street maps; English and Chinese included.

Getting Around Shanghai

  • Metro
    The Metro is fast, cheap, air conditioned and fairly user-friendly with most signs and station arrival announcements bilingual in Mandarin and English, but the trains can get packed during rush hour. Fares range from ¥3-9 depending on distance.
  • Bus
    The bus system is cheaper and much more extensive than the Metro, and some routes even operate past the closing time of the Metro (route numbers beginning with 3 are the night buses that run past 11PM).
  • Taxi
    Taxi ("出租车" chūzūchē or choo-tzoo-chuh) is a good choice for transportation in the city, especially during off-peak hours. It is affordable (¥14 for the first 3 km, ¥2.4/km up to 10 km, and ¥3.5/km after; when wheels aren't rolling, time is also tracked and billed but first 5 min. are free; a ¥1 fuel surcharge is also applied) and saves you time, but try to get your destination in Chinese characters or available on a map as communication can be an issue.

Stay Connected Through Pepperdine Libraries!

Get Research Help:
Even while students study abroad, librarians are able to answer research questions and help with class assignments. Contact a librarian via email for questions. Also, the library student worker at your site's location is able to help with basic database and catalog searching.

Access Databases and E-Journals:
Access to databases, electronic journals, and eBooks are available to all students studying abroad. Use your WaveNet ID to access all of the Library's e-resources while you are overseas!



Travel Guides

Walking Tour Shanghai : Sketches of the city’s architectural treasures

Shanghai is China’s most cosmopolitan city and it is a fascinating blend of old and new. Visitors can find everything from charming art deco style buildings and traditional Chinese architecture to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers.

Shanghai Sights : a travel guide to the top 30 attractions in Shanghai, China

This illustrated Travel Guide is a part of the Mobi Sights series, our concise guides that only feature the most essential information on city attractions. This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. 

Places to Visit in Shanghai

  • Yu Yuan Gardens
    Yuyuan Gardens (豫园), (in Old City). For a feel of the China of yesteryear loaded with classical Chinese architecture (the countless vendors just outside the gardens may lead to some frustration, so don't come here thinking 'tranquility').
  • Shanghai Museum
    Shanghai Museum (上海博物馆), S side of People's Square. 9AM-5PM. The Ancient Bronze exhibit is particularly impressive. Audio guides available. Also, there are often volunteer guides providing free service. Some of them speak English. Admission is free.
  • Jade Buddha Temple
    The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple in Shanghai, China. As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism.
  • Jing'an Temple
    Jing'an Temple is a Buddhist temple on the West Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China. Jing'an District, where it is located, is named after the temple.
  • Longhua Temple
    The Longhua Temple is a Buddhist Temple dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha located in Shanghai, China. 2853号 Longhua Rd, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower
    The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite of The Bund makes it a distinct landmark in the area.
  • Shanghai Library (上海图书馆)
    In order to apply for a library card, students must go to the library with their Passport, since no other ID is required. There are different types of library cards, depending on the type of books being checked out. the fee is either 100RMB ($16) for one year which allows access to mainly Chinese books or 1000RMB ($163) for one year which allows access to foreign material.
    However this fee is refundable at the end of the year, if the library card holder is in good standing.
    1555 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Gao'an Lu
    淮海中路1555号, 近高安路
  • Nanjing Road
    China's premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.
  • People's Square
    Shanghai People's Square is located at the very center of Shanghai and was the demarcation point of East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road.
  • The Shanghai Bund
    The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length.


Shanghai, China


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Additional Links & Resources

For photos, videos, and student blogging, visit the Shanghai Vimeo Site

Background Facts on China

U.S. Department of State Consular Information visit

U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai
Main U.S. Consulate General Building
1469 Huai Hai Zhong Road
(Near Wulumuqi Nan Lu)
200031 Shanghai


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan Information

Pepperdine does allow those in our IP locations to Interlibrary Loan journal articles and book chapters. All articles and book chapters are delivered electronically in .pdf format. Instructions for accessing the article online are e-mailed to the student or faculty member once the article is available to view. We are not able to borrow whole books for our students in International Programs.

For more information about interlibrary loans, please visit the ILL webpage.


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